More than 1,000 Shawnee Public Schools students are expected to turn out Thursday for the school’s annual Health and Education Fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the old Wal-Mart store at Shawnee Mall.


More than 1,000 Shawnee Public Schools students are expected to turn out Thursday for the school’s annual Health and Education Fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the old Wal-Mart store at Shawnee Mall.
Darcie Logan, school-based social worker for Shawnee Public Schools, said this is the fourth year for the fair, which offers enrollment for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grades. This is the second year the fair has been held in the old Wal-Mart store, and Logan and school health coordinator Susie Killingsworth said the location offers the room and parking spaces needed for such an event.
“It really serves its purpose,” Killingsworth said.
Additional offerings of the fair include immunizations, dental screenings, vision screenings, athletic physicals and asthma screenings. Many students enrolling Thursday will not have had their immunizations, Killingsworth said, and the fair allows parents to fulfill this necessity without making an extra trip to the health department.
All services at the fair are free.
For asthma screenings, students first fill out a risk factor form, Killingsworth said. If deemed necessary from the form, a student is asked to take a deep breath and exhale into a special device, and the severity of the asthma is calculated.
Killingsworth said this is done so officials at the student’s school will know how to manage his or her asthma.
The athletic physicals, for middle school and high school students, are performed by local physicians who volunteer their time for the fair, Killingsworth said. More than 300 students were given athletic physicals last year, Logan said, and that many or more are expected this year.
“It’s a big commitment for them,” Killingsworth said of the doctors who donate their time.
As was done last year, several pairs of new shoes will be given to families in need, Logan said. About 1,500 students came through the fair last year, she said, and more than 1,200 pairs of shoes were given out.
“To be able to go to school with a brand-new pair of shoes is a big deal,” Killingsworth said.
The shoes are donated through a number of manufacturers with the help of Rock Creek Baptist Church.
As many as 35 community agencies will be on site Thursday to explain the services they provide for families. These agencies include The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, the Troy and Dolly Smith Family YMCA, Youth and Family Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Project Safe, Crossroads Headstart, the Shawnee Police Department and the Shawnee Fire Department.
“It’s becoming a community event, and that’s a good thing,” Killingsworth said. “Our goal is to make this easier for families.”
Darcie Logan, Killingsworth, Shawnee Middle School nurse Anna Rawdon and Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Logan worked Monday to set up tables and other structures for the fair.
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